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gambeson

(ˈɡæmbɪsən)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) a quilted and padded or stuffed leather or cloth garment worn under chain mail in the Middle Ages and later as a doublet by men and women
[C13: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German wamba belly; see womb]
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Underneath, there is a layer of padded armour called a gambeson, like a lightweight quilt, helping to absorb some of the blows.
My jeans and T-shirt were quickly replaced by a thick quilted coat called a gambeson and it took three experienced re-enactors to drape me in a ringmail shirt.